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Why July 17th?

July 8, 2007

Have you ever wondered why the iCal icon always shows 17th July until you launch the application? Me also.

Some will say that it’s the date that OS X was released on.

It wasn’t. OS X (Puma – 10.1) was released on September 25th 2001, not counting developer releases and the ‘public Beta’ (10.0 – released March 24th 2001) code named Cheetah.

Jaguar – 10.2 shipped on August 24th 2002

Panther – 10.3 shipped on October 24th 2003

Tiger – 10.4 shipped on April 17th 2005.

Clearly that isn’t the reason then. Back in Panther (and possibly Jaguar- I can’t remember) when you launched iCal the date changed to the current date, as it does now. When you quit the icon retained that days date. A handy little feature. However, that functionality is no longer present in Tiger. When launched the icon shows the days date, but when quit, the icon reverts to July 17th.

If you would like to have that feature available in Tiger then you should head over to blocksoft, this nifty little utility will enable iCal to display the days date whether iCal is running or not. If anyone can tell me why Apple killed this feature, I’d love to know. If anyone can tell me why the default icon says July 17th, I’d really like to know.

Disclaimer: I am in no way connected with blocksoft.

UPDATE: Hmmm. I installed it on the 8th and now my iCal icon shows the 8th all the time. I’ll look into this.

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